What is an Art Not Shame workshop?

Art Not Shame partners with local mental health organizations, schools, and established community health programs.

In an Art Not Shame workshop, artist-facilitators will lead participants through a collaborative art‐making and storytelling process, where risk, experimentation, and skill‐building are encouraged in order to foster voice, creativity, connection, and inclusion for both individual and community benefit and wellbeing.

Art Not Shame workshops are designed around safe spaces, accessible art practices, social justice, and are sensitive to trauma‐informed storytelling. The workshops allow participants to work closely with artists in a co‐creative process.


There is tremendous value in investing in art process vs the end product; the art-making process itself offers a space of play and discovery without expectation.
— Jamie Ashforth, Co-Founder, Advisory Board Member